Muliaina appears in court

Date published: August 21 2015

Former All Blacks full-back Mils Muliaina has appeared in court in Cardiff to face a charge of sexual assault.

Muliaina appeared before Cardiff magistrates, and officials confirmed he has been charged with a count of sexual assault, which the prosecution claim occurred in Cardiff city centre on March 7.

The incident allegedly occurred hours after Muliaina represented his former side Connacht in an away PRO12 match against Cardiff Blues.

In April, Muliaina spent about 20 hours at Cardiff Bay Police station after being taken away by police officers on live television at the Kingsholm Stadium, after he played in Connacht's European Challenge Cup defeat to Gloucester.

Although he is yet to enter a formal plea, the New Zealand Rugby Players Association has previously stated that the 35-year-old intended to "plead not guilty".

Muliaina, who represented the All Blacks in 100 Tests, left Connacht at the end of the 2014/15 season to join Italian side Zebre on a one-year deal.

His case resumes at Cardiff Crown Court on September 7.